British woman, 66, stabbed to death in Italy, as police hunt husband who 'fled the scene'

1 November 2023, 17:53

A British woman has been stabbed to death outside Casoli in Italy
A British woman has been stabbed to death outside Casoli in Italy. Picture: Alamy

By Kit Heren

A British woman has been stabbed to death in Italy, with police hunting her husband, who disappeared after her death.

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The 66-year-old woman, named locally as Michelle Faiers Dawn, was stabbed in the abdomen.

Her body was found in pool of blood in a house about six miles outside the town of Casoli, which is in the Chieti province of central Italy.

The woman's 74-year-old husband fled in the family car, a white Jeep, according to local media. Police are searching for him.

They had been living together in Italy for the past three years.

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The medieval town of Casoli in the province of Chieti
The medieval town of Casoli in the province of Chieti. Picture: Alamy

Locals described them as quiet, and said they sometimes saw them walking their dogs.

The woman was discovered by a friend after she didn't answer phone calls.

The friend went to the murder victim's house and found her covered in her own blood.

Officers have launched a murder investigation. The attack could have taken place several days ago, detectives have said.

It comes after British woman was killed in a horror bike crash in Italy earlier this year.

Susannah Boddie, a lead government scientist during the Covid-19 pandemic, hit her head on a "particularly impervious" part of the cycling path alongside Lake Garda while on a dream cycling holiday with her husband.

Susannah was wearing a helmet but the fall was described as "violent".

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